Meet Archie – Defence Community Dogs Pin Up Boy
Hampton RSL is delighted to introduce Archie, one of the star dogs of Defence Community Dogs.
Archie is currently in training at the Bathurst Correctional Centre for six months and he is one of the stars on this year’s Defence Bank Christmas cards. Isn’t he beautiful?
Hampton RSL has previously supported Defence Community Dogs (you may remember “Ghost”), and as we have continued to raise funds and for this worthy project, gladly, we are now able to fully fund the training of Archie. Although the Defence Community Dogs are provided to veterans suffering PTSD at no cost to the veteran, the training and upkeep of the dogs amounts to many thousands of dollars each year.
Defence Community Dogs manages the Dog Training program which rescues abandoned dogs and trains them to become Companion Therapy Dogs to assist Veterans coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD). At present, most of the dogs in the program are trained at the Bathurst Correctional Centre with the assistance of trainers and inmates at the Centre while under the guidance of one of Australia’s leading Dog Trainers, Steve Austin.
Each Defence Community Dog is carefully assessed before being accepted into the program and is then trained to the level of ‘Advanced Companion Therapy Dog’. Once a dog has reached this advanced level, they are partnered with a suitable veteran. Each dog will remain in the program for at least 6 months. The cost to train and maintain the dog is significant and runs into the thousands of dollars for each dog. The dog is supplied to the veteran at no cost to them.
Raising funds for the Defence Community Dogs has been well supported by the members of Hampton RSL and we hope to bring you more news from time to time. You may even see Archie featured on the Defence Bank Facebook Page.